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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 03:13 PM - Thread Starter
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[AndroidAuthority] Qualcomm backs open-source alternative to Arm, x86: Should Arm be worried?

Source: https://www.androidauthority.com/qua...sifive-995736/

Consumer gadgets such as smart speakers, smartwatches, and smartphones generally use processors based on Intel’s x86 and Arm’s instruction sets. However, the open-source RISC-V instruction set is gaining prominence too, and industry bigwig Qualcomm has backed a company dealing with the technology.

According to The Information (paywall), chip design company SiFive has raised $65.4 million as part of its latest funding round. This funding round includes an investment from Qualcomm, and sees the San Diego giant join the likes of Intel and Samsung as investors in the firm. So what makes SiFive and RISC-V so special?
SiFive: https://www.sifive.com/
RISC-V: https://riscv.org/

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 07:57 AM
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The problem is getting affordable hardware with RISC-V. And then hardware that has a usable performance as well.

Sort of an open source hardware design. x86 is dead for gadgets, inefficient behemoth. Most gadgets are on AVR, ARM, ...

And when hardware is available someone also has to offer software for it, have partners who will recompile their software for the platform.
In the end some huge corp. will have to push it to live or it will stay academic.
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